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Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2018 17:15:00 -0500
From: Will Cook <cwcook...>
Subject: Caterpillars Count! citizen science project

This project based at UNC might be of interest to some of y'all.=20
Forwarded from Ecolog-L.

Will Cook - Durham, NC

Subject: bugs, phenology, citizen science, $1000 and you! reformatted
From: Allen Hurlbert <hurlbert...>
Date: 2/13/2018 11:10 AM

Greetings Fellow Educators, Citizen Scientists and Bird and Lepidoptera

Spring is around the corner, and with it comes leaf-out, caterpillars
and other arthropods, and birds to eat them. I=E2=80=99m writing to share
information about an exciting new NSF-funded citizen science project
that involves all of these things called Caterpillars Count!
pUPbvTtClR0&s=3DlAjqlRGMqAE4RQ34e4zS5jrFeuUgUtEFf5VRN2gnrCk&e=3D ) We are a=
ctively looking for new
partners to start up Caterpillars Count! survey sites for this upcoming
spring and summer.

Caterpillars Count! is a citizen science project that measures the
seasonal variation and abundance of arthropods like caterpillars,
beetles, and spiders found on the leaves of trees and shrubs in an
effort to answer important questions about patterns of food availability
for birds. Researchers are using the data collected in Caterpillars
Count! to help determine if plants, insects and birds are all responding
to ongoing changes in climate to the same degree. If either insects or
birds are not keeping up with phenological shifts of the other organisms
that they depend on, then further climate change may have negative
consequences for their populations.

We have funding available to support new sites=E2=80=99 involvement in the
project up to $1,000, and our team may even be able to host a training
workshop at your site.

Ideally, Caterpillars Count! survey sites should have at least 30 survey
trees and have dedicated volunteers or staff that can commit to
conducting weekly foliage surveys over the spring and summer. The
expected time commitment would be ~3 person-hours per week, but the task
is easily divided up among multiple participants, and is an ideal
activity for engaging volunteers or visitors at your site.

For more details on the project and what hosting a survey site for
Caterpillars Count! entails, please check out our project website. If
hosting a Caterpillars Count! survey site at your facility sounds like
something of interest, please check out the website for more details and
then fill out the form below and we=E2=80=99ll get back with you.


In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact Sarah Yelton, Project
Coordinator, with any questions. You can reach the Caterpillars Count!
team by emailing <caterpillarscount...>, or you can reach Sarah by
phone at 919-966-0895.

Please also consider forwarding this email along to any friends,
colleagues or local groups you think may be interested in Caterpillars

Yours in Citizen Science,

Sarah Yelton
Environmental Education Coordinator,
Institute for the Environment
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

And the rest of the Caterpillars Count! Team

Allen Hurlbert
Associate Professor,
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Sara Snell Taylor
Graduate Assistant,
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill